Severe respiratory tract infections? Better ask about sick pets

In this case series, 3 patients with severe pasteurella respiratory infections (epiglottitis and uvulitis with bacteremia, and pneumonia) all had a recent history of taking care of a dying pet (cat or dog). For patients with severe respiratory infections, pet illness should be inquired (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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